Streak Snappers: Michigan Tops Ohio State
(AP) Denard Robinson accounted for five touchdowns, helping No. 17 Michigan beat Ohio State 40-34 on Saturday and snap a school-record, seven-game losing streak in the rivalry. The Wolverines (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) were forced to settle for a six-point lead with 1:59 left on Brendan Gibbons‘ career-long 43-yard field goal after two apparent TDs were negated by a video review and then penalties. The Buckeyes (6-6, 3-5) had a chance to win the game on their final drive, but freshman Braxton Miller sailed a pass over Deviser Posey’s head on what could’ve been a 76-yard TD and threw a loss-sealing interception to Courtney Avery. Read the AP recap, see the box score and view our Big Ten scoreboard.
Check out our quarter-by-quarter recap, powered by Narrative Science:
FINAL: No. 16 Michigan’s Denard Robinson is one of the best tailbacks in the Big Ten, and he proved it against Ohio State on Saturday, carrying the Wolverines to a 40-34 victory at Michigan Stadium. Robinson, who came in ranked No. 5 in the conference in rushing yards at 993 on the year, rushed 26 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns. Braxton Miller was a bright spot in defeat for Ohio State (6-6), as he rushed for 96 yards on 17 carries and scored one touchdown. Michigan (10-2) and the Buckeyes put on an entertaining offensive show. The Wolverines and Ohio State rode their powerful offenses to a combined 812 total yards. Michigan’s offense finished the game having gained 444 yards. The Wolverines complemented Robinson’s passing with 278 yards rushing on 50 attempts. Robinson threw for 166 yards while completing 14 of 17 passes for Michigan. Robinson finished the game with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The Buckeyes’ offense finished the game having gained 368 yards, including 236 passing yards on 14 completions. Ohio State’s running game proved effective, netting 132 yards on 32 rushes. The Buckeyes’ Miller was good for 236 yards during the game, completing 14 of 25 passes. Miller tossed two touchdowns and one interception.
FOURTH QUARTER: Michigan ran for 88 yards in the quarter, and the Wolverines kept Ohio State at bay for a 40-34 victory. Michigan held the Buckeyes to just 14 rushing yards in the quarter. Ohio State capped a 28-yard drive when Drew Basil drilled a 21-yard field goal to make the score 30-27. The Buckeyes squandered an opportunity to score a touchdown, missing a chance to score from the Wolverines’ two-yard line before settling for the field goal. Ohio State started in good field position at Michigan’s 32-yard line when the Buckeyes recovered a fumble. The Wolverines opened up the lead, 37-27, after Denard Robinson tossed a four-yard touchdown to Kevin Koger to end a seven-play, 75-yard drive. Ohio State made the score 37-34 after Dan Herron turned a handoff into a four-yard touchdown to finish off an 80-yard drive. Michigan made its lead 40-34 when Brendan Gibbons kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play of an 11-play, 54-yard drive. The Wolverines’ drive stalled at the Buckeyes’ one-yard line and Michigan settled for a field goal. The Wolverines’ Fitzgerald Toussaint hit 100 yards rushing for the game in the quarter, part of his 121-yard rushing performance. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller hit 200 yards passing for the game in the quarter, part of his 236-yard passing performance.
THIRD QUARTER: Denard Robinson led Michigan in the quarter. He threw for 57 yards and one touchdown and ran for 42 yards, and the Wolverines have taken the lead 30-24. Robinson’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Martavious Odoms gave Michigan the lead 30-24 after a 10-play, 80-yard drive. The Wolverines’ Robinson hit 100 yards rushing for the game in the quarter, part of his 124-yard rushing performance thus far. Ohio State is poised to score with the ball on Michigan’s five-yard line to start the fourth quarter.
SECOND QUARTER: Ohio State put up 17 points in the second, and the Buckeyes have taken the lead 24-23. Ohio State finished with 63 yards through the air and 72 on the ground in the quarter. The Buckeyes made the score 16-10 after Drew Basil drilled a 45-yard field goal to finish off a 27-yard drive. Pass plays were an afterthought for Ohio State, as the Buckeyes threw just two passes during that march downfield. Braxton Miller’s 19-yard touchdown run gave Ohio State the lead, 17-16, and was the final play of a three-play, 31-yard drive. The Buckeyes began the drive with good field position after Ohio State recovered a fumble. Denard Robinson’s six-yard touchdown run gave Michigan the lead 23-17 after a nine-play, 80-yard drive. The Wolverines’ drive was keyed by Fitzgerald Toussaint’s 46-yard run. Miller’s 43-yard touchdown pass to DeVier Posey put the Buckeyes on top 24-23, the final play on a six-play, 66-yard drive. Ohio State ran just one time on that drive. Michigan will have possession to start the second half.
FIRST QUARTER: No. 16 Michigan racked up 65 rushing yards in the first, and the Wolverines lead 16-7 at the end of the first quarter. Michigan stuffed the run, giving up just nine yards on the ground in the quarter. Ohio State has given up the last 16 points. The Buckeyes scored when Braxton Miller found Corey Brown open for a 54-yard touchdown pass to finish off a six-play, 80-yard drive, giving Ohio State the game’s first lead. The Wolverines tied the game at seven after Denard Robinson took a quarterback draw all the way for a 41-yard touchdown run to end a two-play, 47-yard drive. Michigan started in good field position when the Wolverines returned a punt. Michigan opened up the lead, 16-7, after Robinson and Junior Hemingway combined for a 26-yard touchdown to end an eight-play, 52-yard drive. The Wolverines will start the second quarter with the ball on their own 11-yard line.